September 24, 2004 Subject:
Nostalgic view of air travel during the Golden Age of Aviation.
The Lindberg Trail is a cerca 1940 Pan American Airways (PAA) promotional film that follows a trip from Miami to Buenos Aires. The trip starts from PAAs Dinner Key Sea Plane base in Miami on a Sikorsky S-42 Flying Boat. We see take off and some interior cabin shots. After a visit to the Caribbean Islands, we re-board for the flight to the South American Mainland where we transfer to a new Boeing B-307 four engine land plane. (You can see this plane at the new Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Annex at Dulles International, VA). We see a take off and more interior cabin shots. Long on travelogue and short on airplanes but still a wonderful nostalgic view at air travel during the Golden Age of Aviation.
September 4, 2003 Subject:
Flying the Lindbergh Trail (Full Film)
This late 30s travelogue, which features Pan-Am "Clipper Ships" tourning South America, goes on and on and on. Still, there's historical value hereif you want scenes of life in pre-war South America and the Caribbean, this is your movie. The attitudes towards the natives are about as Eurocentric as you'd expect given the time it was made, and there are occasional interesting moments of animals, scenery, and cultural practices. But mostly, this is a very basic travelogue with no surprises.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: **. Weirdness: **. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: **.
May 17, 2003 Subject:
So so travelougue sort of meanders along, with nothing much to say for it. I really liked the shots of the plane that "they" travelled in, the clipper. this monstrous freak of a plane which probably guzzled gas by the second. One of the hilarious high points is that we always see all of these people hanging around and gazing out the windows, yet we never see them outside of it, which leads me to believe this is a bit of a hatchet job, put a plug for a new Pan-Am plane with some stock footage! Clever! The stock footage calvacade doesnt really pick up till the beginning of the 2nd part, where we travel through Rio and see some great shots of Carnival. Aside from that, you're on your own.